Ballad has strong all round agronomic package with stiff straw and good resistance to lodging. Ballad also has efficient podfill and is an early flowering, mid/late maturity variety. Ballad has good resistance to LLS and stem canker. In ADAS pot tests it exhibited excellent tolerance to verticillium stem stripe. One thing to look out for in Ballad is its quilted, cushioned leaves, which help promote efficient nutrient transportation.